Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Date: January 23rd 2018
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is the story of Alice, a black biromantic asexual girl. In the story we follow her as she’s living her struggles as an adult and her coping with her asexuality.
The protagonist goes to college, but hasn’t decided what she wants to study yet. Under the pressure of her family, especially her mother, she tries the path to become a lawyer, but it’s not for Alice. And she doesn’t know what she wants to become.
Enters Takumi, a Japanese boy so cute that Alice can’t take her eyes off him. And she loves cute things. She even invented the Cutie Code™!
He’s also funny, intelligent and he’s always there when our protagonist is sad or is feeling down. He also loves photography and is very kind to his two nieces.
Alice and Takumi are attracted to each other since their first meeting, when Takumi became Alice’s coworker. I loved their relationship, it was swoon-worthy and they’re perfect for each other.
Other important characters to the story were Alice’s best friends: Feenie and Ryan. The two have been in a relationship for years, thus making the protagonist feel like a third-wheel on some occasions.
While Ryan is the voice of reason, Feenie is the fierceness. They’re both very important to Alice and are her second family.
And this is another theme of the book. The author masterfully writes about taking your own path, even when it might imply losing your reference points.
It was a fluffy, light-hearted, except for a few parts, and thought-provoking read. Perfect for romance lovers. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
About the author
Claire Kann hails from the glorious Bay Area where the weather is regrettably not nearly as temperate as it used to be. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE is her debut novel.
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